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Essentials a la Carte - Family

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Quick Overview

Ideal for families adding to an existing Essentials set or who would like to order a combination of printed and PDF materials. All the components of Essentials are listed in one place so you can choose the materials and format you need. Includes Single-Family License PDF options for all digital products (for Classroom Licenses, click here).

Includes discounted, final sale Essentials 1st Edition Teacher's Manual.

Essentials Second Edition coming soon!

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Essentials a la Carte - Family
  • Essentials Teacher's Manual Front Cover
  • Essentials Cursive Workbook
  • Essentials Manuscript Workbook
  • Essentials Teacher's Manual Back Cover

Note: Essentials 2nd Edition coming soon!

This set contains the 1st edition Essentials Teacher's Manual (closeout - now discounted while supplies last -- final sale) and 1st edition Essentials Student Workbook (printed copies available while supplies last).

The 2nd edition Essentials Teacher's Guide and Essentials Student Workbook, Volume 1, are now at the printer and will be available for sale in January 2016 (Learn more!). The Volume 2 Teacher's Guide and Workbook are in development and scheduled for release in January 2017.

The Essentials supplements on this page may be used with both the first and the second edition of Essentials.

Logic of English Essentials

Select Essentials items a la carte and lead students in a discovery-based journey of phonograms, spelling rules, and grammar.

Click the links below to read detailed information about each product used with Essentials.

Standard Essentials Set for one teacher and one student includes all Needed and Strongly Recommended materials listed below except the optional Essentials Reader, plus Grammar Flash Cards and Advanced Phonogram Flash Cards.

For more information about Essentials, see the Essentials curriculum page.


Strongly Recommended


  • Advanced Phonogram Flash Cards
  • Grammar Flash Cards
  • Phonogram Game Tiles
  • Essentials Answer Key
  • Teacher Training Manual (accompanies our free Teacher Training Videos)
  • Uncovering the Logic of English: A Common-Sense Approach to Reading, Spelling, and Literacy
  • Note about Student Workbooks

    Students may use whichever handwriting style they are learning, manuscript or cursive, with the Essentials Workbook. The sample handwriting text in the printed book is in manuscript.

    The downloadable Essentials Workbook Cursive Supplement PDF provides alternate cursive version copies of the workbook pages that include handwriting. This supplement is designed as a resource for any students who need additional support with cursive handwriting. The PDF will be available in your account for downloading shortly after your order is submitted.

    The PDF-format workbooks are available in Cursive and Manuscript versions. These are identical except for the font used in the examples on some pages; choose the workbook for the handwriting style your student is learning or already using comfortably.

    Please note that Essentials does not teach handwriting; if the student requires handwriting instruction, begin with The Rhythm of Handwriting. Wondering which to choose? Learn why we recommend cursive.

    Ordering for Multiple Students?

    You will need one Workbook and one Spelling Journal per student. Simply order your teacher materials and first set of student materials here, and then add additional copies to your cart as needed. If you are teaching more than four students at once, we recommend adding an additional pair of Game Card decks so everyone can play!

    Format Choices

    Essentials books are offered in two formats: printed and PDF.

    • The Teacher's Manual is a casebound, durable hardcover. 612 pages.
    • Workbooks are quality paperback, with perforated pages for easy tear-out. 484 pages.

    The digital PDF format includes two file options: Print and Electronic.

    • The print version is formatted in single pages.
    • The eReader version is formatted in spreads for optimum screen display.

    Many teachers and students have happily used the entire curriculum digitally on a tablet, with no printed books, not even workbooks. Apps such as GoodReader and Adobe Reader allow students to "write" on the workbook pages electronically.

    Printing PDFs- Some customers purchase the PDF version with the intention to print it themselves. They are often shocked to realize how much it costs to print these books at home! The Teacher's Manual is 612 two-color pages. The workbook is 484 pages. Printing on most home printers will cost more than the printed price of either of these books.


    Our PDF format books come with a limited reproduction license. Please read the terms of each license before purchasing.

    Single family license - For use by the members of an immediate family, including parents, children, and grandparents. Homeschool co-ops must purchase one license per family.

    The digital products on this page are licensed for use by the members of one family. To order PDFs licensed for classroom or tutoring center use, click here.

Additional Info

ISBN 978-1-936706-09-9
Title The Logic of English Essentials Curriculum
Font Mixed
Format Mixed
Media Type No
Dimensions 8.5" x 11"
Pages 612

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